Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success

This brief examines the CLASS project, an Oregon initiative intended to close the achievement gap by improving teacher quality by expanding career paths for teachers, and improving evaluations, professional development, and salary options. The paper includes an overview of the CLASS project model, the legislative and policy actions necessary to implement the model, an analysis of its impact, and a summary of lessons learned.

Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness? A Review of the Research

This paper reviews 30 studies from the past 15 years on the effect teaching experience has on student outcomes and concludes that teaching experience is positively associated with student gains, both on standardized testing, and on other measures, including attendance.

Achieving Equitable Access to Strong Teachers: A Guide for District Leaders

This guide offers tools to assist district leaders in the development of policies to ensure that all students have equitable access to excellent teachers. Building on the experiences of districts that have made efforts in recent years to address equitable access, this guide outlines seven steps—including analysis, goal-setting, and monitoring—that districts can take to identify teacher inequities, determine their causes, and implement effective solutions.

Mitigating Teacher Shortages: Evaluation and Feedback

This brief from the Education Commission of the States focuses on teacher evaluation and feedback as a strategy for retaining teachers. The report asserts that effective teacher evaluation, incorporating observations accompanied by meaningful feedback, demonstrates employer investment in professional growth and development and positively affects teacher retention.

Mitigating Teacher Shortages: Alternative Teacher Certification

This brief from the Education Commission of the States focuses on alternative certification as a strategy for recruiting teachers. The report examines how hiring teachers with alternative certifications can bring educators with varying skillsets and workplace experiences into the profession and increase diversity in the teacher workforce. 

Mitigating Teacher Shortages: Induction and Mentorship

This brief from the Education Commission of the States examines teacher induction and mentorship as a strategy for retaining teachers. The report outlines the multiple benefits of comprehensive induction programs for new teachers, including professional growth, improved student outcomes, and lower rates of attrition.

From Print to Pixel: The Role of Videos, Games, Animations and Simulations Within K–12 Education

Teachers and students are using electronic instructional and learning materials with ever-increasing frequency. This report examines how pixel-based media are changing modern learning both in and out of the classroom. 

How Do School Districts Mentor New Teachers?

This report investigates the implementation of new teacher mentoring programs in five states, including Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The report examines topics including who provides mentoring, what training mentors receive, how mentors are compensated, how much mentoring new teachers receive over time, and barriers to implementing adequate mentoring programs.

2016–2017 Delaware Teacher Leader Pilot: Pilot Overview

This overview from the Delaware Department of Education describes the state’s new teacher leader program, which is set to begin in Delaware schools during the 2016–17 school year. The overview includes descriptions of five teacher leader roles created for the program, with definitions of school, district, and state roles and a planning and implementation timeline.

Great to Influential: Teacher Leaders’ Roles in Supporting Instruction

This report by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) includes insights from effective teachers on how teacher leadership affects their practice. It explores how teacher-leaders can contribute to instructional improvements in their schools, and offers policy recommendations to support teacher leadership at the local and state levels.


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